The Profound Business Benefit of Thinking Like a Child

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JUNE, 2016

Business
Habits
Strategy

I remember when I was young, me and a couple of buddies decided to build a tree-house. We had a general idea of what was required and went about gathering scrap wood from wherever we could.

We borrowed our dad’s tools, some nails and found a tree that we thought would provide an excellent location from which to survey our domain. 🙂

Of course, we really had no clue on how to build a tree-house. Just a vision of how we thought it should look and work.

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How we imagined our treehouse

BUT, that did not stop us!

We took our rough ideas and just started. Along the way we figured out what worked and what didn’t. We experimented and gradually figured out how to build it.

When we were finished, it really was nothing more than a sloping platform in a tree…

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How it REALLY looked.

Ugly, a bit rickety and certainly not up to ‘code’.

However, we could sit up on it and to us it was a castle!

Our sense of accomplishment was tremendous. We brought every kid, dad, mom, brother and sister to come and admire it!

Having accomplished this, we then set about expanding on it, putting up walls (of a sort 😉 ), a rope for pulling things up, a door, etc.

And at each step along the way, we were immensely proud and these steps kept our interest and drive to build going.

“Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.”
– Franklin D. Roosevelt

When starting and building our businesses, it is easy to fall into the trap of “chasing the money”.

We focus on how quickly we can get revenue or get concerned when it not happening as quickly as we would like.

To keep from falling into this trap, try approaching your business with a child-like openness.

Grab hold of your vision.

Use a childlike determination and focus on the joy you will get in just making forward progress.

Don’t be afraid of not knowing exactly what to do. Have that childlike faith that you can figure it out. Be thrilled when your experiments work and when they don’t, just try again.

Be proud of your achievements – big or small, ugly and imperfect.

Do this and it will have a profound effect on your business and its growth!

So, try and re-capture that sense of joy and wonderment. Try and approach the goals and vision of your business with the child-like desire to simply achieve.

This allows you to live a rich life. And if you take this approach, you are more likely to succeed in your plans and, as success comes, so will the money.

Feel free to share what recent goals have you achieved in your business.

When has the simple fact that you reached the goal more satisfying than any monetary reward?

As always,

Stay On The Rise!

JT

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